Monday, July 15, 2002 @ 3:14 PM
Superjoint Ritual Smokes Out T
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REVIEW BY: Scott Deaver, RemuS Radio
Phil Anselmo and Superjoint Ritual stormed the stage at The Engine Room and rocked 400+ people to a sweat laced steam bath of Southern Metal. In the outskirts of downtown Houston Saturday night, a metal hungry crowd learned a lesson in what's to come in Heavy Metal's future. Phil's talent though is too much for one side project and he's not content to sit idle for very long. His other side project, Down, hit Houston last month and the reviews from that outing are still pouring in, very much in favor of his new projects. The two bands share some similarities in that, much like Pantera, Phil's love for smoking dope shines through as always. During Saturday nights show, a joint was passed up to him and he and the band preceded to horf it down.
The band consists of Hank Williams III on bass, who replaced Mike Haaga (Dead Horse) after the CD was completed, Joe Fazzio (Hank Williams III, Demonseeds) on the drums and Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod on guitar duties. Houston's Marzi spent three years in SJR as key guitar slinger when the bands cult status was first starting to build in the south. Also, long time friend of Anselmo -- Kevin Bond -- took charge of Phil's guitar parts for the tour, but had played bass in the bands earliest of days before Haaga joined and took over the bass duties as well as backing vocals for Phil. Once Haaga took over, the band wrote a lot of songs and performed 10 shows or more around the south, including the Tattoo Bar in Dallas, TX.
The band's debut CD, Use Once and Destroy, is just one big dose of what heavy metal has been needing a shot of for quite some time. Not to take anything from the great sophomore release from Down entitled, Down II -- Bustle in Your Hedgerow, but it's just a whole different vibe with a more aggressive assault, musically speaking, rather than Down’s more mellower approach. Either way, the THC resin drips from the songs more so in the bands live performance, but clearly the point is made. Phil smokes weed, folks. I know you're shocked by this, but I just wanted you to know. This show clearly demonstrates exactly what heavy metal is all about, and that is getting out there and aggressively expressing yourself in a very physical manor and letting the music take you over. It's easy to do if your head is into it.
This was a killer show with a great crowd and The Engine Room's usual muddy PA to top it all off with. Sad huh? All that space in there and they have to have either a crappy PA or a crappy sound man. LOMAX, get away from that thing!?!?!!?!?!?! Hahaha